Back injuries and claims in early years

11 October 2013

Martin Hodgson explains what early years employers should do to comply with the law in this area and minimise the risks for staff and children.

Communication fans

27 September 2013

Communication fans are used to help children communicate their needs or feelings to adults or their peers, or for others to communicate with the child pictorially. Liz Hodgman reports.

Using visual timetables

30 August 2013

Visual timetables are widely used by practitioners who work with children with special needs to aid communication. They are especially effective with those children who are non-verbal and their use is becoming more widespread, particularly among mainstream schools and nurseries. Visual timetables allow a child to have extra thinking time — if we tell a child what we are doing next, the words disappear once spoken, but the visual images remain and can support the child to understand at their own pace, as Liz Hodgman reports.

Using affirmations with young children

16 August 2013

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework states: “As children differ in their degree of self-assurance, plan to convey to each child that you appreciate them and their efforts.” Little planning or thought has gone into using affirmations with children, why it is done, and how affirmations could be used more effectively. Liz Hodgman reports.

How to give and receive feedback in the workplace

9 August 2013

We all like praise, but can we handle it? We all hate criticism, but we need to handle it both as giver and receiver. Throughout their careers, everyone will be both a giver and receiver of positive and negative feedback. It can be difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, but handled well, constructive. Val Moore explains.

Living with the Equality Act

19 July 2013

According to Bob Patchett, the Equality Act 2010 is simple to live with — provided you have done your homework.